Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Clark, Kim

Second Advisor

Lachausse, Robert G.

Third Advisor

Paxton, Cynthia


Examines the relationship between parent attitudes toward physical activity and physical activity in adolescents. One hundred forty-two students at Beaumont High School (Riverside County, California) completed a survey measuring their physical activity level, exercise self-efficacy, and their attitudes toward exercise. One hundred seven parents completed surveys measuring only their attitudes toward exercise. Results indicate that there is not a significant relationship between parental attitudes toward exercise and adolescent physical activity. Results also indicate that parent attitude toward physical activity is positively correlated with exercise self-efficacy in adolescents. In addition, the results indicate that gender is not a significant mediator in the effect of parental attitudes toward physical activity on exercise in adolescents.